have the pleasure of saying Hey, Mark Pryor, you are a genius
at writing enjoyable, fast moving books. I picked up this
book and literally could NOT put it down, that fast moving,
witty and entertaining writing kept me glued to my chair all
the time I was trying to get up and take care of other things
that needed to be done.
In The Button Man, a famous movie star (Dayton Harper)
and his wife (Ginny Ferro) are visiting England to do some
promo work. While driving to one of their destinations, they
hit and kill a local, long time landowner in the rural area.
Hugo Marston, who is new to England and in the US Embassy
Diplomatic Service, Head of US Security is trying to find
a new mystery to solve in his off-time by getting into the
head of a killer of a street girl from a hundred years ago.
He’s walking through a very old Cemetery and finds a
body hanging from a tree, with a silk bag over its head. He
goes into the office and lets every person who is important
know what he found and the bodies start rolling in like clockwork.
The first corpse Marston found was that of Ginny Ferro, the
actress and wife of Dayton Harper. Marston’s thoughts
on finding the killer of the woman a hundred years ago have
to be put on the back burner. Because of the reckless driving
and accidental killing of the farmer, and the outrage from
the citizens of England, Marston is set about by his boss
to become a babysitter or Nanny for the Actor and his wife,
the body that he stumbled upon in the Cemetery hanging from
Marston gets in up to his neck and is brought in by the detectives
and then told not to help them. Then he and a few others who
were also included in the investigation(s) have gone out on
their own. Dayton Harper has decided to fly the coop - without
knowing his wife is the one found hanging at the tree, and
leave the protective arm of Marston, Cooper and Pendrith.
There appears a young gal named Merlyn, at a local pub, who
may have a bit of knowledge of Harper. The Body count keeps
mounting and Marston MUST stop this from getting any worse.
The public relations division is getting ready to have fits
and the local PD is going nuts trying to get one step ahead
of the killer, it takes a lot out of everyone, including Merlyn
and Marston, and a long voyage to Paris for Marston, before
the pieces start to fit together.
This is an edge hanger of a book and I’m sure it took
a lot of puzzle pieces put together to get the story to be
cohesive and readable, and Mr. Pryor, you did a great job
of all of it.
enjoyable, cliff hanger, finally getting it all in place and
finding a very unlikely murderer in the brink of time. I personally
LOVE your writing and am a Fan forever.
of others in this series
Blood Promise #3
Button Man #4